It is culinary day for Virtual Book Club and I will be frying chicken with the skin on in crisco for the very first time in my life! I am a skinless baked chicken breast type of girl so this is going to be something else. I must say that I do enjoy Kentucky Fried Chicken so I hope this is similar.

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Why am I doing this you may be wondering? Well Minny, in the book “The Help” made it sound so good, I just had to try and make golden fried chicken! She also made Crisco sound like a household necessity.

[Crisco] ain’t just for frying. You ever get a sticky something stuck in your hair, like gum?…That’s right, Crisco. Spread this on a baby’s bottom, you won’t even know what diaper rash is…shoot, I seen ladies rub it under they eyes and on they husband’s scaly feet…Clean the goo from a price tag, take the squeak out a door hinge. Lights get cut off, stick a wick in it and burn it like a candle….And after all that, it’ll still fry your chicken.

Minny from “The Help”

My first tub of Crisco

Speaking of firsts, this was the first time I purchased Crisco. This struck me as funny because it seems like a staple to a lot of people, but it isn’t for us. In Canada, Crisco isn’t cheap. This tub cost $14!!!


All the ingredients and instructions are located on a recipe card at the end of this post. Click here if you would like to skip some additional instructions.

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Prepare Chicken

I purchased pre-cut up chicken and I would suggest you do too. About 10 minutes before starting, bring the chicken out and put it on a plate on the counter and let it come up to room temperature.

Mix Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl mix together the dry ingredients. The pour the ingredients into a large ziploc bag.

Dry ingredients for fried chicken including flour, garlic salt, pepper, paprika & poultry seasoning

Mix wet ingredients

Slightly beat the egg and mix it in with the milk.

Milk and an egg and a silver bowl

Battering the chicken

Place a few pieces of the chicken in the ziploc bag and shake. Make sure each chicken piece is covered in the dry mix.

Dip the pieces of chicken in the egg and milk mixture and then re-coat the pieces in the dry mixture.

Heating up Crisco

In a large frying pan, place .5 cup to 2 cups of Crisco and then heat to 350 degrees F. Do not put in early as this will result in uneven cooking.

Crisco melting in a frying pan

Frying Chicken

Place pieces of chicken skin down into the hot Crisco. Make sure that pieces do not touch. Flip a few times until pieces are browned on all sides. Lower the temperature to 275 degrees F and cook chicken for 30 to 40 minutes, continually flipping. The chicken when done should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Chicken frying in a pan

Place on a wire rack with parchment paper underneath for excess oil to drip off. Do not place on paper towel as this will make the coating mushy.

Fried chicken cooling on a wire rack


Set yourself a pretty table, make some biscuits and sweet tea and enjoy your fried chicken! Best if eaten with a good friend, just like Minny and Celia!

Pretty table set up with biscuits, fried chicken and sweet tea
Pretty table set up with biscuits, fried chicken and sweet tea

Golden Fried Chicken

This is the perfect recipe for frying chicken that is crispy and not soggy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 peope
Calories 772 kcal


  • 1 Frying pan
  • 1 Set of measuring spoons and cups
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Large Ziploc bag


  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Poultry seasoning
  • 2.5 lbs Chicken pieces with skin on
  • 1.5 cups Crisco shortening


  • In a medium bowl, combine milk and egg.
  • In a large Ziploc bag, combine flour, garlic salt, paprika, pepper and poultry seasoning. Seal the bag and shake to combine.
  • Place one piece of chicken in the Ziploc bag. Seal and shake well to coat.
  • Dip the coated chicken in the milk and egg mixture. Place the chicken piece back in the flour mixture and coat well. Repeat until all pieces are coated.
  • Add Crisco to a large frying pan. Heat to 365 degree F. Once melted, the shortening should fill up to about 2 inches of the pan. Add more shortening if needed.
  • Place the chicken with the skin down in the frying pan and cook until all sides are brown. Make sure the pieces of chicken are not touching. Reduce heat to 275 degrees F, for 30 to 40 minutes, flipping the chicken several times.
  • Transfer the fried chicken to a wire rack with parchment paper underneath to catch the drippings. Do not place the chicken on paper towel as this will cause the chicken to become soggy.

Let’s see what the others have cooking!

The rest of the group are fantastic cooks, so I bet they are going to have some delicious recipes. Just click on the title below their photo and a link will re-direct you to their post.

Virtual book club bloggers

Lynn from Living Large in a Small House

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Erin from Erin Evolving

Table set with chicken salad, berries and deviled eggs
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deviled eggs on a platter

Thank you!

Thank you for joining me on the 3rd edition of the Virtual Book Club. Up next month is “Anne of Green Gables”.

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Recipe Rating

  • Wendy McMonigle
    March 25, 2023

    Your chicken looks divine! I know it is not the healthiest, but I do love a good piece of fried chicken.

    • Crystal
      March 26, 2023

      Thanks so much Wendy! I appreciate your comment! Who doesn’t love a piece of fried chicken now and then?

  • Lynn
    March 28, 2023

    Thank you for sharing your fried chicken recipe. I’ve made it before but never with Crisco! You are a brave soul. My Mom always used Crisco both for frying and she used it in her pie dough recipes.

    • Crystal
      March 28, 2023

      Thanks Lynn! Haha yes cooking really isn’t something I have good skills in but I am enjoying the challenge to spread my wings. I cannot wait for the next book because I already looked at possible recipes and there are so many yummy looking ones!